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CBS NEWS CHIEF DEFENDS LARA LOGAN

December 5, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager has called 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan a “valuable member” of the program’s team but has refused to say when she will be able to resume her duties on the program, Politico.com columnist Dylan Byers reported on Wednesday. Logan and producer Max McClellan were put on leave last month after their report on the Benghazi attack was challenged by several newspapers and Logan was forced to concede that she was “misled.” However, Fager, who is also executive producer of 60 Minutes, has insisted that the controversy did not justify termination. “He did not throw her under the bus,” a source who heard Fager’s remarks told Byers. Meanwhile, the controversy does not appear to have affected the news magazine’s ratings. Final ratings figures disclosed on Wednesday that the show attracted 18.09 million viewers on Sunday, its biggest audience in nearly a year. It was also the highest-rated show of the past week.